Sindh governor: Arguments sought on plea’s maintainability

Published: December 9, 2016

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court has sought arguments on a petition challenging the appointment of former Supreme Court chief justice Saeeduz Zaman Siddiqui as the governor of Sindh.

On Thursday, LHC Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah directed the petitioner, Barrister Javed Iqbal Jafree, to assist the court in deciding how his petition was maintainable.

The lawyer contended that Saeed was unqualified to be elected as a member of the National Assembly and as such could not be appointed a governor. Article 207 of the Constitution does not allow a judge to assume the office of the governor under Article 101, he argued.

He added the Sindh governor was of 79 years old and the Constitution did not accept the appointment of an individual in service in this age bracket.

The petitioner requested the court to set aside the federal government’s notification of appointing Saeed as the Sindh governor and to direct the government to appoint a new governor in accordance with Article 103 of constitution.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 9th, 2016.

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